Sexual abuse describes any unwanted sexual activity, often involving perpetrators who use force, make threats, or otherwise take advantage of a victim who is unable to give consent. Immediate reactions include fear, anger, and disbelief, but sexual abuse can have longstanding problems that can interfere with a survivor’s day-to-say living, preventing them from truly enjoying their lives.
According to the Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network, someone in the United States is sexually assaulted every 109 seconds. Every 8 minutes, that victim is a child. One out of every six women has been a victim of an attempted or completed rape. One out of every ten men is a rape victim.
Sexual abuse and violence can have a wide range of effects on nearly every aspect of a survivor’s health and wellbeing, including physical, emotional, and psychological effects. These include:
Thankfully, therapy does exist for survivors and has been found to be highly effective in helping them deal with challenges. Psychotherapy is designed to teach you new coping skills, methods for understanding your feelings, and strategies to manage stress and anxiety, all in a safe, non-judgmental, confidential environment.
Approaches differ from therapist to therapist. Some may involve more dialogue, while others will recommend exercises and “homework”. You may need to experiment and try different methods before you find exactly what works for your needs. It also helps to click with your therapist’s personality, which increases your trust and supports a more honest dialogue. Try to find a therapist with experience helping survivors of sexual abuse.
At HARP, you’ll find an experienced medical team who can provide counseling and help for sexual abuse, particularly in conjunction with drug addiction. If you have any questions or want to get help today, we urge you to call us at (877) 806-5022.